Need help developing a powerful strategic focus? Aligning your board and leadership team on core functions of the organization? Improving morale? Deciding whether or not a program is worth the cost? Do you want to put an end to unproductive and frustrating meetings that waste your time?

You’ve come to the right place!

Strategies By Design is a consulting firm specializing in organization development and capacity-building services. Since 1992, Strategies By Design has helped nonprofits, governmental agencies, and community-based organizations clarify their core functions, improve their programs, use resources more efficiently, and enhance their communications with stakeholders.

What’s Unique About Us?

Our clients value the quality, care and respectful way we engage with them and their organization to make things happen.

Wholehearted Commitment To Your Success
We have a track record of forming results-oriented partnerships, moving leaders and their organization’s from good to great and building the capacity of our clients to thrive.
Responsive and Flexible
Every individual and every organization is different. Therefore, we customize our services to fit the goals and needs of each client and, as new insights and new information emerge, make adjustments in real time.
Practical and Dynamic
We focus on what really matters. Our clients count on us to think with them, to challenge their assumptions, and to facilitate productive collaboration.
System's Approach
Organizations are dynamic entities comprised of subsystems and the recurring patterns in the relationship between the subsystems. Alignment and linking of these subsystems to the whole system create a high performing organization, and it is what we pursue in our consulting relationships, programs and activities with our clients.

What Client’s Say

For the first time in a long time we have strategic goals and objectives! Sue was able to guide our sometimes contentious group toward an end goal, keeping everyone on task and focused on the objective.
Wes Winter, Executive Director - North Coast Opportunities, Inc.
Your workshop [on Fundraising in Challenging Times] was one of the most productive workshops I’ve attended in a lifetime of attending workshops and seminars. I got great ideas.  And, I met new, local people who share similar goals and problems.  Thank you!
Alex Pierangeli, Manager - Symphony of the Redwoods
You kept us focused and on track. We now have clear direction, performance measures, an action plan, and implementation procedures.
Penny Walker, Mendocino County Child Care Planning Council
It has been so refreshing to be able to provide feedback without it becoming a debate or having the feedback ignored. The organization of the session, as well as your facilitation, were excellent.
Sharon Kicchli, Executive Director - Tapestry Family Services
The strategic plan we developed with you was so effective, we have used it to guide our work for the last 2 years.
Chris Dewey, Gang of 5 Member - Mendocino County Homeland Security
Your expertise in planning and facilitation provided the edge that made our Leadership Mendocino retreat successful – and lots of fun!
Suzanne Pletcher, Executive Director - Leadership Mendocino
You quickly digested the issues, analyzed what was most important, and worked with me to develop the most effective format to meet the workshop goals . . . the meeting went well and I received good feedback from the participants.
Anne Molgaard, Executive Director - FIRST 5 Mendocino
Your direction and guidance acted as a catalyst, focusing the diverse range of knowledge and experiences of the MLFPP members into a cohesive, sustainable Fall Prevention Strategic Plan that reflects the issues and needs of our community.
Mike Parkinson, Project Director - Mendo-Lake Fall Prevention Partnership
You helped us organize the thoughts and concerns of a diverse group of neighbors into a cohesive and consensual action plan.  We are grateful for your assistance.
Lillian Hoika, Robinson Creek Neighborhood Watch Group